Serdar Ton, a purge-victim teacher and an employee of a tree cutting company in Kahramanmaraş province, has died after he was struck by a falling tree, the Kronos news portal reported.

The man succumbed to his injuries.

According to the report, Ton was dismissed by a government decree issued under a state of emergency in the aftermath of a coup attempt in 2016 as part of a witch-hunt targeting Gülen group sympathizers.

The Turkish government has purged more than 145,000 state officials including judges, prosecutors, doctors, academics and teachers as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen group since a failed coup on July 15.

Dismissed civil servants have been prohibited from securing another job in public institutions, while many teachers’ diplomas were also cancelled. Since a majority of the private sector is concerned about government pressure, they prefer not to employ fired public workers.

In order to survive, many dismissed civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and the like.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

The movement denies any involvement.


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